Aberdeen managed to kick clear of those at the bottom of the SPL table but the performance in the 2-0 win at Inverness Caledonian Thistle was not met with much applause from manager Craig Brown.
The Dons got past ten-man Caley - who lost defender Grant Munro in the 18th minute for an off-the-ball incident - thanks to a goal either side of the break from Ryan Jack and Blackburn Rovers loanee Nick Blackman.
But Brown was unimpressed by the showing of his side who he believes were 'fortunate' to come away with maximum points.
"We got the three points, but we've got to be honest and say we were fortunate," he said.
"There was not much to commend in our display and I felt sorry for our fans who had to endure that.
"We scored two good goals, but other than that I was really disappointed with Aberdeen.
"I had a go at them in the dressing room and left them in no doubt as to what I thought of the performance.
"I felt sorry for Inverness because I don't think they would have lost had they not had the player sent off."
The win allowed Aberdeen to move five points clear of 10th-placed St Mirren who were denied a win by Dundee United at Greenhill Road. The Buddies took a 38th minute lead through Darren McGregor but the Terrors grabbed a late equaliser Scott Robertson to take a share of the points.
In other SPL games on Wednesday night, Celtic discarded of the previously white-hot Heart of Midlothian, winning 4-0 at Parkhead, Rangers did the job with a 2-0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road and St Johnstone beat Motherwell 1-0 at McDiarmid Park thanks to a 62nd minute Liam Craig penalty.